Built to Spill
Monday, Oct. 6
$14 in advance, $15 day of
Built to Spill's last album, 2001's Ancient Melodies of the Future, sums up the Boise, Idaho group's sound. The trio (usually a quartet when they tour) grabs hold of classic rock's sturm and drang and hurls it forward on a thunderous beat and lightning-bolt guitar solos. They reach back in time, but this ain't no That 70s Show retro-farce. Responding to classic rock through a post-punk sensibility, BTS take their conversation with the bell-bottomed oldies seriously. Beyond leader Doug Martsch's virtuosic guitar-god playing, it's his lyrics--worried, bemused, injured, yearning--and high-pitched warble of a voice that convey a sense of the high stakes (hear him, for instance, on "You Were Right" from the album Keep It Like a Secret for his response to a litany of classic-rock quotations). The group will be testing out new songs for an upcoming album. But beware! They have also been known to play "Freebird" if requested (and a fiery version of it at that). The Delusions and Solace Bros. open. For tickets and more info, call 967-9053 or visit catscradle.com. -- Michael J. Kramer
Hieroglyphics, Del The Funky Homosapien, Casual, Little Brother
Sat., Oct. 4
$14 in advance, $14 day of
It was the last day of 6th grade and my socks were shifty and sweaty. Even 3 pairs of socks weren't keeping my Puma Clyde's from sliding, back then they didn't make small sizes. But that wasn't an issue, because I was rolling with my big brother. Somehow I mustered my way into the car of my brother's friend without being kicked out and in that car I will never forget what I heard. "Pissin' On Your Steps." I heard the whole "I Wish My Brother George Was Here" by Del the Funky Homosapien.
That was begining of my love affair with Hieroglyphics, the real "Brown Sugar" (I mean, who the fuck is D'angelo?). Hiero is one of the best west coast record labels EVER. Maybe the best. I wouldn't have gotten through middle school without them. Go to this show and experience some real west coast shit, especially because our own east coast -- west coast (ABB) brothers Little Brother will be there. If you don't, I may find myself needing to leak on your matt, ain't nothin' personal, G. -- K8 Erwin
Mr. Quintron and Miss Pussycat
Sunday October 4.
"Musician," "inventor," "one man band"--these are just a few of the words used to describe Mr. Quintron and his approach to music, technology and entertainment. His sound is aptly described as "electro-bootie rock and roll music." Triangle music fans may recall his unforgettable set playing soulful organ at the 2000 Sleazefest and his backing of r'n'b legend Ernie K-Doe into the wee hours of the morning.
Offbeat magazine calls him "The Wizard of the 9th Ward." Quintron and his wife Miss Pussycat continue a tradition of eccentricity----she with her puppet show and cheerleader vocals and he on organ with The Drum Buddy, his patented light-activated analog synthesizer that resembles a coffee can and sounds a little like a theremin. There's even an infomercial for it.
A new album Are You Ready For An Organ Solo? (Three One G records) is their best attempt at capturing their music. Comparisons are odious for such an original, but thinking of the B-52's meet Jimmy Smith inside a Bugs Bunny cartoon might help some novice listeners. -- Tony Madejczyk